Madhu Satsangi, Nick Gallent and Mark Bevan

in The rural housing question

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423856
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303985 | DOI:

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The roles played by different tenures and the mechanisms for bringing forward greater housing choice for lower incomes have been the focus of the previous chapters. One of the costs of not providing sufficient housing is the number of people who fall out, or can never gain access to mainstream housing in the countryside. In this respect, homelessness represents the clearest expression of failure within the rural housing systems. Homelessness is an indicator of the social and economic stress which demands attention to alleviate its condition. However, rural homelessness has had to struggle to find a way into policy discourses. At the same time, homelessness is also more than a housing issue. It reflects wider and deeper social problems such as exclusion, poverty, chaotic lifestyles and the way that society responds to vulnerability. Solutions to homelessness not only require access to sufficient housing options in mainstream housing, but also require various specific housing and support options that facilitate prevention and routes out of homelessness experiences. This chapter discusses the challenges for tackling homelessness in rural contexts. It also discusses the way in which the existence of homelessness in rural localities has been downplayed and marginalised.

Keywords: housing; homelessness; social stress; economic stress; social problems; rural localities; exclusion; poverty; vulnerability

Chapter.  5067 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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